People Ready Communities Leadership Program

People Ready Communities Leadership Program

The People Ready Communities Leadership Program brings together community members who make a commitment to grow their leadership skills and complete a hands-on project that supports building a welcoming and inclusive community and a vibrant economy.

“When I heard that Kentucky was losing out on economic development projects because communities couldn’t answer questions about how they are addressing issues of diversity, I realized that we have an opportunity to craft a narrative that says we want a diverse workforce to come, and we are ready for them.”

Haley McCoy
President & CEO, Kentucky Association for Economic Development

“This program helped me see more clearly what my community needs, and created a shift in awareness that it’s not just about jobs and economy; it’s about people and how we serve the needs that exist in our community.”

Jessy Workman
2023 People Ready Communities Participant

The People Ready Communities Program allows for active participation that is engaging and will make a difference in your community. For more information about the People Ready Communities Leadership Program, please contact Brushy Fork at 859-985-3858 or email

This program is supported by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) with $320,000 (80%) in federal funds and $80,000 (20%) financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by, ARC or the U.S. Government.